HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA — Adam Parker made a split second decision Sunday that saved a life. Parker, who was out walking his own dog in Point Pleasant Park, saw Nellie, a 16 month old Labrador/Weimaraner mix, struggling out in the ocean. A dog owner himself Parker could see that she was obviously exhausted from swimming and uncertain how she was going to get back to shore. Without hesitation Parker quickly emptied his pockets of valuables and went diving in.
Nellie, had been at Black Roch Beach with her owner Lisa Delong when she did what a lot of water-loving dogs do; she went for a dip in the ocean. Only Nellie swam out too far. When she began swimming in circles it became clear to Delong that Nellie was struggling and was unable to find her way back to shore. Delong was calling for her, but Nellie could not muster up the strength to swim back. People gathered at the shoreline and began to call for help, trying desperately to find some way to save Nellie.
It was Parker who immediately dove in swimming about 20 minutes to get to Nellie. When he reached her, he managed to guide her back to the beach where Delong was waiting with baited breath to hug her puppy again. Parker was met with much applause and a deserving heroes welcome. Delong’s quite certain that if not for Parker, Nellie would not be here today.
As reported to CBC News Delong said of the rescue effort,
“I thought it was very selfless. It could have been dangerous for him as well…I think he had a good sense of dogs, had a good sense to keep his distance and to not get too close to her…he really saved the day. He saved my dog’s life.”
Nellie is alive, thriving, and receiving a whole lot of love from Delong, thanks Parker’s quick thinking, love, and respect for canines. Nellie thanked him in the best way possible, lots and lots of kisses.